Opportunities in Education: Moving into a Classroom Without Walls

Rethinking curriculum, not revamping what we currently have, but using common sense to make cents (sense) in the lives of our children today and tomorrow.

It is exciting to think of the open-minded possibilities in education around the US.  What this entails for teachers is an opportunity for professional development along with an opportunity for use of twenty first century tools, and at the same time a reorganization of time, etc.  For students this means making 21st century tools available that many do not know how to use or possess, tools that are questioned by society as useful, and at the same time changing the perception that schools are walls with bells and whistles.  Ingenuity needs authorization and should be applauded to hasten the pace of these changing curricula.

Also included is Heidi Hayes Jacobs’s discussion on her new book and paradigm, Curriculum 21, which is definitely a perspective that addresses the needs of our students and the opportunities for exciting learning. Suggested by Jacob is a Renaissance in Education.

Listen to this ASCD video with US Department of Education Arne Duncan

Heidi Hayes Jacobs discusses the Curriculum and its implementation in the Twenty-First Century. This is exciting news because finally there is room for better use of time and space, without an emphasis on bells and whistles.  These structures sound exciting, placing learning in the hands of the learner and those who create those spaces.

http://www/curriculum21.com/home/book   Video

The Future of Education: Who, What, Where?

Questions and answers do not prepare us for the work of tomorrow, but curiosity, the ability to use, create, and communicate.  These are the tools.  How shall we implement the changing face of education to meet the goals of education which remains constant: preparation for citizenship, work, and personal growth and self-satisfaction?  These are huge questions and with a great deal of exciting work for educators as they prepare the learning environments to support these goals.